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September 14, 2016

This letter is a summary update on Hillary Rodham Clintons health since the
release of my previous medical statement in July 2015.
Mrs. Clinton has been seen by me regularly this year for routine care. She has had
recurrent blood testing for Coumadin dosing and adjustments. Her blood levels
have been relatively stable. She also has had several allergy flares over the past
year, which has been a typical pattern for most of her life. In consultation with her
allergist, she responded well to her medication adjustments.
In January of 2016, Mrs. Clinton developed symptoms of sinusitis and an ear
infection, which was treated with antibiotics and steroids. Over the ensuing few
weeks, she noted progressive pain in her left ear despite treatment, and
subsequently was evaluated by her ENT physician. This evaluation confirmed a
sinus and ear infection, with increased fluid in her left ear. To help alleviate her
symptoms, a myringotomy tube was placed in her left ear in January of 2016. After
the tube was placed, Mrs. Clinton had significant improvement in her symptoms.
Further follow-up evaluation with a CT scan of her brain and sinuses was done in
March of 2016. This scan showed no abnormalities of the brain and mild chronic
sinusitis. Her symptoms resolved and she continued symptom-free for the next six
On Friday, September 2nd, I evaluated Mrs. Clinton for a 24-hour history of a low
grade fever, congestion and fatigue. On examination, she was noted to have a
temperature of 99.4; her vital signs were otherwise normal as was her physical
exam. She was advised to rest, put on a short course of antibiotics and continued
on her allergy medications for an upper respiratory tract infection in the
setting of her seasonal allergies. Over the next several days as she traveled, her
congestion worsened and she developed a cough. She was advised to see me when
she returned from her travels for further testing. On Friday, September 9th, she
was seen and evaluated in my office. A non-contrast chest CT scan, including a CTA
calcium score, was performed. This test allowed for specific imaging of her lungs
while also following up on cardiac risk stratification from 2010 given her family
history of heart disease. The results of the CT scan revealed a small right middlelobe pneumonia; her coronary calcium score was again zero. She was treated with

antibiotics for pneumonia and advised to rest. This was a mild non-contagious
bacterial pneumonia. On Sunday, September 11 at the 9/11 Memorial event, she
became overheated and dehydrated and as a result felt dizzy. I examined her
immediately upon her return home; she was re-hydrating and recovering nicely. I
advised her to stay home and rest for the next several days. Mrs. Clinton has since
been evaluated by me several times and continues to improve.
Mrs. Clintons current medications include Armor Thyroid, Coumadin dosed as
directed, Levaquin (for a total ten days), Clarinex, as well as B12 as needed. After
consultation with her hematologist, it was decided again not to change her
anticoagulation to a newer agent. Her recent testing, all of which was done within
the past month, has been normal. She remains up to date on all of her
immunizations, including Prevnar and Pneumovax. Her Coumadin levels have
been adjusted as needed according to regular lab testing. She had a normal
mammogram and breast ultrasound. She receives routine dental care. Her thyroid
blood tests are within normal limits. Of note, she has remained stable for many
years on Armor thyroid to treat her hypothyroidism (a low T3 level). Her
laboratory testing (vitamin D, CBC, fasting blood glucose, comprehensive
metabolic panel, hemoglobin A1-C, vitamin B12) was normal, including cholesterol
of 189, LDL of 103, HDL of 56 and triglycerides of 159. Her vital signs showed
blood pressure of 100/70, heart rate of 70, respiratory rate of 18, temperature of
97.8 and pulse-oximetry of 99%. The remainder of her complete physical exam
was normal and she is in excellent mental condition.
My overall impression is that Mrs. Clinton has remained healthy and has not
developed new medical conditions this year other than a sinus and ear infection
and her recently diagnosed pneumonia. She is recovering well with antibiotics and
rest. She continues to remain healthy and fit to serve as President of the United

Lisa Bardack, MD
Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine
Chair of Internal Medicine, CareMount Medical